Thursday, April 30, 2015

Chery QQ adverts, South America

"Fewer visits to the pump" (Paraguay)
'Recover the smile lost in the train" - although you won't if you get caught in gridlock on the roads. (Argentina)
The Chery QQ is a small car from China which has been made since 2003 and is available with a 0.8 litre or a 1.1 litre engine. General Motors claimed the car was a copy of the Daewoo Matiz (which is marketed outside South Korea as the Chevrolet Spark) and sued Chery in a Chinese court.

Mexican 3ft gauge 4-4-0 of 1925

Ferrocarriles Unidos de Yucatán (United Railways of Yucatan).

Amsterdam Central Station atmosphere, 1936

Ikea 'Home Furnishing' Liner

A promotion by a Tokyo advertising agency for the opening of an Ikea store in Kansai a few years ago: they gave an entire commuter train a decorative makeover.

'I like to read my books in the woods where it's quiet'

Hungarian 4-8-0

Locomotive 424 009 built by Mavag of Budapest in 1924. A total 514 of the 424 class were built from 1924 to 1958, a double-funnel, superheated steamer, nicknamed "Buffalo" and "Nurmi" (after Paavo Nurmi, a famous Finnish runner well known in Hungary).

Locomotives of the same design operated in Yugoslavia as JŽ class 11.

1974 Mitsubishi Galant GTO GS2000

1974 Dodge Charger Brougham

1972 Oldsmobile sales brochure cover

Toronado, Cutlass, Delta-Ninety Eight, 4-4-2

ex-Detroit PCC car in Mexico City

Date not stated, but probably 1960s.  Info on the sale of the Detroit PCC cars to Mexico City is here.

1971 Mercury Cougar XR-7 adverts

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88

1973 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Regency

bande dessinée on the Trans-Siberian train

One of a trilogy of bandes dessinées -- or what in English are often called graphic novels -- published in France a few months ago; the other two are on the Orient Express and the Trans-Continental (USA). The setting with this one is a story of espionage in the Cold War.

Australian train stamps

Issued, as can be seen, by Togo, hence the French.  For info on them see our books.

"Arrivée d'un train à la Ciotat", near Marseille, France, 1895

Those who study cinema history know that this is a still from a 45 second silent movie made by Louis Lumière, and one of the first demonstration movies made for cinema.  His choice of subject was commendable... :-)

passengers stand in line to buy tickets at Rotorua station, circa 1930

The station was later replaced -- only a few years before rail passenger services ceased.  And, 21 years later, a couple of years before a rail passenger service was restored, that centrally located station was demolished and the land sold to developers along with the yard.  The new station was over 2 km away from the city centre...  In 2001 that passenger service ceased.

This is another illustration considered for, but not used in the new book New Zealand Railway Memorabilia

'An e-reader for books? Definitely not!'

the Cunard fleet poster, late 1940s

Not long before the jet age was to impact big time on travel by sea. The Caronia in the right foreground was launched on 30 October 1947 and served with Cunard until 1967. She was nicknamed the "Green Goddess" .

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

the narrow gauge railway from Sarajevo to the Ostgrenze, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1906

The railway to the eastern borders of Bosnia-Herzegovina with Serbia and Turkey (the Ottoman Empire) rose from Sarajevo in the Miljačka valley to a watershed at the Karoline saddle and a 850-metre long summit tunnel at an altitude of 946 metres. From there the railway followed the course of the Praça to the Drina valley. At the mouth of the Lim river the mainline leading to the Turkish border left the Drina valley and climbed the Lim to the border in Uvac (according to a 2002 census, this village has a population today of 18 people; it may be a reference to the nearby Sjenica). Sarajevo - Uvac = 137.6 km.

The branch to the Serbian border led from the Lim confluence with the Drina down to Višegrad and then in a side valley to the border at Vardiste (31.5 km).

The whole railway line to the Ostgrenze (eastern borders) had quite the character of a mountain railway: more than 100 tunnels and galleries, a large number of high retaining walls and numerous bridges had to be built. It was built as a narrow gauge railway, but with the base of a standard gauge railway; the smallest radius was 200 metres; the maximum gradient 1.8 % and the weight of the rails 21.8 kg / metre.

In July 1906, the railway from Sarajevo to the Ostgrenze was handed over to public traffic.

Stockholm tram 1967 stamp

Issued in 1995.

Dodge centenary commercial, 2014

While on the subject of Dodge, this was issued last October showing at the end the 2015 Challenger and Charger.

find yourself with a Heavy Duty 3500 Ram

An advert from last year. You can't help wondering how many get driven to such places and how many only ever get driven around cities...

Panhard advert, France, early 1930s

"Complementing the main maritime, airway and railway lines, Panhard serves the road network"

severe Nepal earthquake reminds those on the 'Pacific Rim of Fire' that they are always at risk

The reported magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale means that this was a big one (the Richter scale is an exponential one, not linear).

An article in today's Essential California newsletter of the L.A. Times is here

Monday, April 27, 2015

at the station of Durango, Spain, in Feve days

Someone's personal photo in the station in the Basque region. Feve stood for Ferrocarriles de vía estrecha (narrow gauge railways) and comprised a network of 1,269 km of metre-gauge lines of which 392 km was electrified in 1.5 kV DC.  The company lasted from 1965 to 2012 when it disappeared as a result of reorganisation and the trains are now operated by Renfe.

1939 Buick convertible in a contemporary advert

An advertisement by a printing company.

'I guard the transpress nz books when folks want to read them, otherwise they get stolen'

to Paris with Air France on a 'Connie', 1947

when things get steamy on the Phantom Corsair

Another pic found on the Retrospace blog.   This amount of steam would indicate your engine has overheated big time; here the reason seems to be in front of the grille.  The Phantom Corsair was a one-off built in 1938 and based on the mechanicals of a 1936 Cord 810 - article

life raft seen in the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, 2012

It may seem rather odd for a utilitarian object (made by Viking Life-Saving Equipment A/S) to be described as art, but here is the description on its MoMA webpage :-

Born out of Necessity

March 2, 2012–January 28, 2013

In the midst of a storm at sea, attempting to board a life raft is extremely difficult. This raft, which is fitted with handles on either side and a step that extends below the surface of the water, enables the person at sea to grab the handles and raise her legs from the water without putting strain on her arms, which are used only for stability. The wide step allows the occupants of the life raft to lean out to help other people enter. The raft positions itself according to the direction of the wind and can be oriented by its occupants so that its opening faces the people swimming toward it.

1939 Ford Deluxe

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Automobile and Tourism art, 1936

The sort of tourism you'd expect the presenters of Top Gear to engage in maybe...

1976 Chevrolet brochure cover

exploring Africa in a pick-up art, 1951

That's what this cover of this L'Automobile March 1951 issue looks like.

Pan Am economy class advert, circa 1970

Found on the Retrospace blog. "The seats are wider, the leg room deeper, the ceilings higher."  Yes, they were the good old days; today it should be called sardine class...

Hungarian 2-4-2 tank locomotive

MAV loco 275.104, one of the class 22 (from 1957 class 275) which was introduced in 1928 and of which 148 units were built to 1940 and had a top speed of 70 km/h, seen with a passenger train from Kaposvar to Siofok on Lake Balaton at Siojut in 1968.  More

'I like reading a good transport history book'

the original Hapuawhenua viaduct when it was new

On the North Island Main Trunk central section, replaced with a new viaduct in the 1980s.  For lots more, see the new book New Zealand Railway Memorabilia.

1958 Ford Fairlane

big powered shopping cart for people

The question is why?  From a viral e-mail.